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Windows 7: Open PDF directly from FTP in Windows Explorer

09 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 7 (64-bits)
Open PDF directly from FTP in Windows Explorer

Hi there.
In our company a user with a Win8 OS can open PDF files directly from a folder on a FTP server while a user with Win7 OS can not. The Win7 computer tries to open them always in Internet Explorer no matter what I do.

I had to install Webdrive, to fix this problem. But, this software is a demo with 20 days trial period.

The Win8 computer is manually installed from scratch while the Win7 is deployed using SCCM with a custom image. The GPO is the same for both of them as far as I know.

My questions is: Does Win7 has difficulties with opening PDF files directly from FTP server or is Win8 built a bit different on that area? Anyone knows this?

Grateful for any help.

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09 Mar 2016   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Have you tried right clicking on the PDF file and selecting "Open with..." and setting the default program to open the file with as a PDF reader, (or Acrobat, whatever)? If it's defaulting to Internet Explorer, it may just be the file association that is wrong.
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23 Mar 2016   #3

Windows 7 (64-bits)

File association is correct in Windows 7.
Can not right click and open with from the FTP view.
It works on Windows 8 computers.
Can it be a GPO what has been set?
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